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The current master contract between terminal operators and dockworkers on the US west coast expired last night, and although it is usual that work continues as normal, it is also clear that shippers are getting ever more nervous. That is the reason behind a recent surge in volumes through Canada’s west coast port of Vancouver, which are then railed and trucked to the US. But shippers are also warned – should industrial action take place, there’s not much spare capacity in Vancouver.

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